Douglas Skelton was born in Glasgow. He has been a bank clerk, tax officer, taxi driver (for two days), wine waiter (for two hours), journalist and investigator. He has written eleven true crime and Scottish criminal history books but now concentrates on fiction. His novel Open Wounds (2016) was longlisted for the McIlvanney Award. Douglas has investigated real-life crime for Glasgow solicitors and was involved in a long-running campaign to right the famous Ice-Cream Wars miscarriage of justice.
'Powerful flashbacks help build to the spectacular conclusion. Exquisite language, credible characters, and unrelenting suspense-this crime novel has it all'* Publishers Weekly (US) *
'Digs deeply, focuses closely on the families at the heart of events. The novel follows Rebecca's attempts to understand what being an islander means, and her own relationship with the island of Stoirm. I'd say it's [Skelton's] best yet, and I hope there are more to come in this vein'* iScot Magazine *
'Skelton proves once more that he is master of his craft. I can't think of many, if any, other writers who bring such varied and distinctive styles to their books. ...[He's] a writer who you can't pidgeonhole or pin down. I, for one, can't wait to see what he gives us next'* Scots Whay Hae *
'Skelton builds up the suspense before going in for the kill. A particularly gripping thriller'* Herald *
'An enthralling thriller that pulls you along at a cracking pace. A thoroughly enjoyable read that we'd highly recommend'* Undiscovered Scotland *
'keeps you guessing, luring you page after page to conclusions and thinking you worked it out when no, no you really didn't... this is my first dance with Skelton, it won't be my last'* AlwaysReading.net *
'It's beautifully written, descriptive and atmospheric. The
pacing is perfect, and the conclusion unexpected. Douglas Skelton
has delivered possibly his best work yet, and that really is saying
something! It's a triumph'
'A gripping and thrilling read from one of the great Scottish crime writers, themes of crime, mystery, secrecy and loyalty all woven together to make Thunder Bay one of those books that will stay with you long after you've turned the last page.'-- Kate Noble * The Quiet Knitter *
'Douglas Skelton excels at planting little seeds throughout his writing, drawing the reader in, and ensuring that they pull up a chair and watch them grow. He succeeds in intriguing you and keeping you firmly on your seat until the last page is turned'-- Sharon Bairden * Chapter In My Life blog *
'Dark, brooding, atmospheric and full of mystery, this is a book
I would highly recommend you read. I loved it'
'Skelton has produced an evocative, beautiful and tense tapestry of a read that will undoubtedly stand the test of time'-- Mary Picken * Live and Deadly *
'The risks Skelton took in creating Thunder Bay have paid off in spades. As well as creating a sympathetic new protagonist, he has crafted an emotionally truthful tale and delivered it in a lyrical style that places him among Scotland's top cadre of crime writers' --- Louise Fairbairn * Scotsman *
'Immersive, compelling and shot through with Skelton's pitch-black humour, Thunder Bay will reverberate like the last echoes of a storm long after you read the draw-dropping climax'-- Neil Broadfoot
'Our finest emerging crime fiction talent'* Quentin Jardine *
'[Skelton has] taken well to fiction, skilfully building up the atmosphere, developing the characters and keeping the unexpected twists coming along'* The Herald *